Forty-nine of us, forty-eight men and one woman, lay on the green waiting for the spike to open. We were too tired to talk much.
A refugee used to be a person driven to seek refuge because of some act committed or some political opinion held.
Well, it is true we have had to seek refuge; but we committed no acts and most of us never dreamt of having any radical opinion.
Before this war broke out we were even more sensitive about being called refugees.
We did our best to prove to other people that we were just ordinary immigrants. We wanted to rebuild our lives, that was all. So we are very optimistic. Our optimism, indeed, is admirable, even if we say so ourselves. The story of our struggle has finally become known. We lost our home, which Essay charity poor people the familiarity of daily life.
We lost our occupation, which means the confidence that we are of some use in this world. We lost our language, which means the naturalness of reactions, the simplicity of gestures, the unaffected expression of feelings. We left our relatives in the Polish ghettos and our best friends have been killed in concentration camps, and that means the rupture of our private lives.
Nevertheless, as soon as we were saved—and most of us had to be saved several times—we started our new lives and tried to follow as closely as possible all the good advice our saviors passed on to us. We were told to forget; and we forgot quicker than anybody ever could imagine.
In a friendly way we were reminded that the new country would become a new home; and after four weeks in France or six weeks in America, we pretended to be Frenchmen or Americans. The most optimistic among us would even add that their whole former life had been passed in a kind of unconscious exile and only their new country now taught them what a home really looks like.
It is true we sometimes raise objections when we are told to forget about our former work; and our former ideals are usually hard to throw over if our social standard is at stake. With the language, however, we find no difficulties: In order to forget more efficiently we rather avoid any allusion to concentration or internment camps we experienced in nearly all European countries—it might be interpreted as pessimism or lack of confidence in the new homeland.
Besides, how often have we been told that nobody likes to listen to all that; hell is no longer a religious belief or a fantasy, but something as real as houses and stones and trees.
Apparently nobody wants to know that contemporary history has created a new kind of human beings—the kind that are put in concentration camps by their foes and in internment camps by their friends.
Instead, we have found our own way of mastering an uncertain future. Since everybody plans and wishes and hopes, so do we. Apart from the general human attitudes, however, we try to clear up the future more scientifically.
After so much bad luck we want a course as sure as a gun.
Therefore, we leave the earth with all its uncertainties behind and we cast our eyes up to the sky. The stars tell us—rather than the newspapers—when Hitler will be defeated and when we shall become American citizens.
We think the stars more reliable advisers than all our friends; we learn from the stars when we should have lunch with our benefactors and on what day we have the best chances of filling out one of these countless questionnaires which accompany our present lives. Thus we learn less about political events but more about our own dear selves, even though somehow psychoanalysis has gone out of fashion.
Those happier times are past when bored ladies and gentlemen of high society conversed about the genial misdemeanors of their early childhood.Sep 05, · the singer solution to world poverty**Essay by Peter Singer, Australian philosopher, offers his unconventional thoughts about ordinary American's obligations to world's poor .
THE FALSE ALLURE OF GROUP SELECTION. Human beings live in groups, are affected by the fortunes of their groups, and sometimes make sacrifices that benefit their groups.
Zakat (Arabic: زكاة zakāh, "that which purifies", also Zakat al-mal [zaˈkaːt alˈmaːl] زكاة المال, "zakat on wealth", or Zakah) is a form of alms-giving treated in Islam as a religious obligation or tax, which, by Quranic ranking, is next after prayer in importance..
As one of the Five Pillars of Islam, zakat is a religious obligation for all Muslims who meet the necessary. For every correct answer you choose, 10 grains of rice are raised to help end world hunger through the World Food Programme.
“Flint is a bit distinct in relation to this pattern of poverty as it affects white people too,” Poethig said. “It’s a more broadly shared challenge in the city of Flint compared to cities. Sep 05, · the singer solution to world poverty**Essay by Peter Singer, Australian philosopher, offers his unconventional thoughts about ordinary American's obligations to world's poor . THE FALSE ALLURE OF GROUP SELECTION. Human beings live in groups, are affected by the fortunes of their groups, and sometimes make sacrifices that benefit their groups.
There is something powerfully raw and vivid about Hannah Arendt’s essay that came out in the midst of Europe’s darkness in the Second World War, before the worst horrors inflicted upon the Jews were fully unveiled.
Originally published in January as “We Refugees” in a small Jewish journal called Menorah (shut down in ), . In my opinion, reality shows are good to learn from other people's experiences and to expand our knowledge.
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